Meditation Retreat

April 23, 2014

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A few weeks ago I attended a three day meditation retreat at the Ligmincha Institute in Virginia. The retreat was awesome and I am sharing here a link to a video which was taken during this very retreat. It is an hour long so it does go into some depth and includes some guided meditation by Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche and an interesting question and answer session with questions from around the world via internet. Enjoy.

Click on a link above or find the video here: http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/46068128

 

In a 2013 interview, Geshe Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche explains his approach to teaching in the West and clarifies essential principles of Buddhism and Bon.

Mind/Body Practice: Tummo

February 18, 2009

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The power of the mind to affect the body may be nowhere better illustrated than in the practice of Tummo, a Tibetan advanced meditation technique in which great heat is produced through specific postures, breathing methods, and visualizations (imagination). Stories have circulated about the ability of Tibetan monks to dry wet sheets on their bare skin in the below freezing temperatures of the mountains of Tibet and Nepal.

In this article from the archives of the Harvard University Gazette from April 18, 2002, Gazette staff writer William J. Cromie writes about the experiments run by the renowned Harvard professor and mind/body researcher Herbert Benson (best known for his work on The Relaxation Response). Here, modern medical measuring tools are used as Tibetan monks are practicing the meditation. I have had just a bit of instruction in the use of Tummo and can testify with first-hand experience as to its ability to raise heat  significantly in the body.

Through the study of this kind meditation, western science is beginning to understand how effective the use of the mind can be to effect the body. Through the combination of scientific study and centuries-old meditation techniques, the potential is there to find better treatments for some illnesses and, maybe, better life-styles to prevent the need for those treatments.

Find out more about Tummo here, and here. What do you think about this?

Bon Geshe Video

January 22, 2008


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Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche
, is a master of the Dzogchen meditative tradition of Tibet. He holds the Doctorate Degree of Geshe and is an accomplished scholar in the
Bonpo and the Buddhist textual traditions of philosophy, exegesis, and
debating. Upon graduation in 1986, he was employed at the Library of
Tibetan Works and Archives at Dharamsala, India. That same year he was
appointed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to be the representative of
the Bon school to the assembly of deputies of the government in exile.

He was the first to bring the precious Bon Dzogchen
teachings to the West in 1988, when he was invited by Chogyal Namkhai
Norbu Rinpoche to Italy in order to teach at his center. He is one of
the very few Bonpo masters living in the West who is trained in the Bon
tradition and qualified to teach. Rinpoche founded Ligmincha Institute in March of 1992, a retreat center  in rural Virginia near Charlottesville.

Four of his books have been published: Tibetan Yogas of Dream and Sleep; Healing with Form, Energy, and Light: The Five Elements in
Tibetan Shamanism, Tantra, and Dzogchen; Wonders of the Natural Mind: The Essence of Dzogchen in the Native Bon Tradition of Tibet, and Tibetan Sound Healing.

The video below is from YouTube where Rinpoche has posted a series videos with teaching, instructions, and guidance in the practice described in his book Tibetan Sound Healing. This is the first of this series on YouTube.